It should come as no surprise that in our weekly Ask an Expert column—in which we field New Yorkers' most pressing real estate questions with the wisdom of a team of experts—a lot of the questions we receive have to do with neighbor-vs-neighbor disputes. From misbehaving pets to a disruptive renovation, we're rounding up some of the trickiest neighbor-related queries we've tackled over the past year:
- How to handle a neighbor whose apartment reeks so badly you can smell it in the halls (or worse, your own apartment).
- Why you can't be mad at your broker for failing to mention a rehab center located next to your new building.
- If your neighbors keep stealing your parking spot, go ahead and tattle.
- And if your other neighbor is doing a bunch of illegal construction work? Tattle on them, too.
- Could you compel your loud, stomping upstairs neighbors to put in carpeting? It's complicated.
- The delicate etiquette of putting in an offer on a recently-deceased neighbor's apartment.
- So, your neighbor's giant dogs are making a scene in the elevator ...
- Why a restraining order is a better idea than housing court if your neighbor is making you feel unsafe.
- What the board should ask a co-op resident who's trying to buy another apartment in the building. (Hint: Make sure they have the money.)
- Why it matters if your co-op neighbor tries to change their ownership to an LLC.
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